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Shuster to chair House’s transportation committee in 2017-2018 Congress

The committee is responsible for legislation spanning all modes of transportation, tasked with both public policy related to transportation and the country's transportation infrastructure. The committee is responsible for oversight of the Executive Branch's Department of Transportation.

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Trump selects Washington insider Elaine Chao to run DOT

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Elaine Chao to be his Secretary of Transportation, the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Chao served as President George W. Bush's Secretary of Labor for the entirety of Bush's presidency. She's also the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Drug testing database, driver training standards set to publish this week, DOT says

The DOT is projecting final rules for the CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and the Entry-Level Driver Training standards to be published this week.

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Two weeks remain to formally comment on speed limiter rule proposal

If the rule were to be made final, all new trucks would be required to use electronic speed governors. There is also a possibility it will require all trucks with factory-equipped speed limiters to be governed as well.

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OOIDA accuses FMCSA of sidestepping rule process with sleep apnea provision, files legal challenge

OOIDA filed its legal challenge Nov. 11, seeking to vacate the rule either in part or in whole. OOIDA says the final rule, which required procedural changes for medical examiners, included an appendix not found in the agency’s 2014 proposal that could subject some truckers to sleep apnea screening.

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Marijuana wins big in 2016 elections, still off limits for truckers, DOT says

After four more states voted to approve legalization of marijuana Tuesday, it appears the Department of Transportation will stand by its previous stance that using marijuana is forbidden for truck drivers as long as it remains a Schedule I drug.

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DOT adds 30 days to speed limiter comment period

Comments on the propose rule are now due by the end of the day Dec. 7. The rule doesn't specify a speed to which trucks would be governed.

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Phase 2 emissions, fuel economy rule headed for year-end implementation

A final rule to establish new emissions and fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles is expected to boost fuel economy on tractor-trailers by 25 percent.

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U.S. DOT gives South Carolina $1M to repair roads damaged by Hurricane Matthew

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday the immediate availability of $1 million in emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration to help begin road and bridge repairs damaged by Hurricane Matthew in South Carolina.

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Minimum driver training standards rule set to publish next month, DOT says

A DOT rule to implement a core curriculum for initial trucker training and require 30 hours behind the wheel before being issued a CDL is set to publish next month, as is a separate rule to establish a database of truckers who've failed or refused a drug test.

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